GRANBY, Mass. (WWLP) – An overwhelming majority of Special Town Meeting participants approved borrowing more than $32 million to renovate an elementary school in Granby, Monday night. The action will trigger a March 1st override vote to raise property taxes more than 2 1/2%.
Granby Town Clerk Kathy Kelly-Regan told 22News 451 people braved the snowy roads and cold to fill the gymnasium at the Granby Junior-Senior High School Monday night. She said that number represented about 10% of the town’s registered voters.
Passage required a two-thirds vote of those present, which was easily exceeded Monday night. “We had 387 votes to approve, and 35 votes against,” Kelly-Regan told 22News. “The total was lower than the number of people who registered because it’s likely some people left before we took the vote.”
The money will be used for a renovation that will improve and nearly double the size of the East Meadow Elementary School in Granby. Kelly-Regan said the state would reimburse the town for about half the renovation, more than $17 million.
Because repayment of the debt will require a 7.6% increase in Granby property taxes, a Proposition 2 1/2 Override vote will take place on March 1st.
Kelley-Regan said a 7.6% increase would add approximately $326 to the average annual property tax bill. An average Granby home is valued at $229,000.